The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.
Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 6 December 2007:
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what the average number of excess winter deaths in Macclesfield constituency was in the period (a) 2000 to 2005 and (b) 2004-05. (172064)
Estimates of excess winter deaths relate to a four-month period from December of one year to March of the next year. The average annual number of excess winter deaths1,2 in Macclesfield parliamentary constituency3 in the five winters from 2000-01 to 2004-05, and the number in winter 2004-05, was 50.
1 The estimated number of excess winter deaths is the difference between the number of deaths during the four winter months (December to March) and the average number of deaths during the preceding four months (August to November) and the following four months (April to July). Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
2 Data are based on deaths occurring in each month.
3 Using boundaries as of 2007 for all years.